New Release Summer 2014
Our first full release of Blair Estate Pinot Noir. Only 481 cases were produced from the outstanding, 2012 vintage off our Delfina's Vineyard. Delfina's is named for our grandmother and is the heart and soul of our family label.
The 2012 growing season was a textbook one in the cool climate, Monterey Bay - influenced Arroyo Seco appellation.. Normal winter rains gave way to average spring and summer temperatures. Warm weather in late September, moderated by our famous winds off the Bay, ripened the fruit for a harvest that lasted through mid October. The "field blend" consisted of Pinot Noir clones 115, 667, 777, and Pommard 4.
Whole berry fermentation was started with cultured yeasts in small open top tanks. The cap was manually punched down for optimum extraction and structure with soft tannins. The wine was transferred to a combination of medium and medium-plus toast Francois Frere and Seguin Moreau French oak barrels for malo-lactic fermentation and 10 months of aging.
In the glass, the 2012 Blair Pinot Noir displays a nose of rose petal, anise, and spice combine with bing cherry and strawberry. This spicy fruit tandem carries onto the palate, joined with a light touch of warm, vanillin-oak. Medium acidity and silky tannins give the wine weight in the mouth and carry it to a long finish. An incredibly food-versatile Pinot; try it with roast salmon, duck, lamb, mushroom dishes, or just about anything off the grill.
90 Points - International Wine Review